An Oct. 18 management conference in Charlotte will afford plastics executives the opportunity to discuss several hot-button topics with experts in those fields. Subjects will include politics, international trade, corporate succession and employee health savings accounts.
Organized by the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. of Washington and co-sponsored by Plastics News, the SPI Management Conference will take place at Plastics Encounter Southeast, set for Oct. 18-20 in Charlotte.
SPI President Bill Carteaux will kick off the program with a presentation on how things get done in Washington and in statehouses across the nation.
Carteaux will be joined on a breakfast panel by Peter H. Jones, president of Wexco Corp.; Gene Steadman Jr., Celanese Corp.'s governmental relations director; and Wayne Valis, president and founder of Valis Associates, an independent public policy consulting firm.
Harlow Cohen, president of Cleveland consulting firm HBC&A Inc., will offer advice on organizational performance. Karen Bland Toliver, SPI senior director of international trade, will share tools for developing a global business plan, accessing market research reports and making business contacts overseas.
Additionally, employee benefits expert John Hickman of law firm Alston & Bird LLP will shed light on health savings accounts. Matthew Jamison, an investment banker from Plante & Moran Corporate Finance LLC, will team with Megan Mehalko, a partner at law firm Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, to discuss business transitions.
The conference costs $299; SPI members pay $199 - and the fee includes access to the Plastics Encounter exhibition. For details or to register, visit www.plastics encounter.com.